France and the Visual Arts since 1945: Remapping European Postwar and Contemporary Art

France and the Visual Arts since 1945: Remapping European Postwar and Contemporary Art

By: Catherine Dossin (editor)Hardback

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Taking on the myth of France's creative exhaustion following World War II, this collection of essays brings together an international team of scholars, whose research offers English readers a rich and complex overview of the place of France and French artists in the visual arts since 1945. Addressing a wide range of artistic practices, spanning over seven decades, and using different methodologies, their contributions cover ground charted and unknown. They introduce greater depth and specificity to familiar artists and movements, such as Lettrism, Situationist International or Nouveau Realisme, while bringing to the fore lesser known artists and groups, including GRAPUS, the Sociological Art Collective, and Nicolas Schoeffer. Collectively, they stress the political dimensions and social ambitions of the art produced in France at the time, deconstruct the traditional geography of the French art world, and highlight the multiculturalism of the French art scene that resulted from its colonial past and the constant flux of artistic travels and migrations. Ultimately, the book contributes to a story of postwar art in which France can be inscribed not as a main or sub chapter, but rather as a vector in the wider constellation of modern and contemporary art.

About Author

Catherine Dossin is Associate Professor of Art History, Purdue University, USA.


1. Beyond the Cliches of "Decadence" and the Myths of "Triumph": Rewriting France in the Stories of Postwar Western Art Catherine Dossin, Purdue University, USA 2. Art and Communism in Postwar France: The Impossible Task of Defining a French Socialist Realism Lucia Piccioni, Center for Italian Modern Art of New York, USA, and Cecile Pichon-Bonin, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 3. The Art of Community in Isidore Isou's Traite de bave et d'eternite (1951) Marin Sarve-Tarr, University of Chicago, USA 4. Their Paris, Our Paris: a Situationist derive Emmanuel Guy, Parsons Paris, The New School, France 5. Pinot Gallizio's Cavern: Re-Excavating Postwar Paris Sophie Cras, Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France 6. Agnes Varda's du Cote de la Cote: Place as `Sociological Phenomenon' Rosemary O'Neill, Parsons - The New School, USA 7. Cybernetic Bordello: Nicolas Schoeffer's Aesthetic Hygiene Herve Vanel, American University of Paris, France 8. Nouveau Realisme in its "Longue Duree": From the 19th Century Chiffonnier to the Remembrance of World War II Deborah Laks, Deutsches Forum fur Kunstgeschichte, France 9. Decelerating Le Mouvement of Paris with Vision in Motion - Motion in Vision of Antwerp: Movement, Time, and Kinetic Art, 1955-1959 Noemi Joly, Paris-Sorbonne University, France 10. The Public Art of Jean Tinguely 1959-1991: Between Performance and Permanence Elisabeth Tiso, Graduate Center CUNY, USA 11. Jean-Jacques Lebel's Revolution: The French Happening, Surrealism, and the Algerian War Laurel Fredrickson, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA 12. Reimagining Communism after 1968: The Case of Grapus Sami Siegelbaum, UCLA, USA 13. Autogestion in French Art after 1968: A Case Study of the Sociological Art Collective Ruth Erickson, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA 14. Andre Cadere's Disorderly Conduct Lily Woodruff, Michigan State University, USA 15. Places of Memory and Locus: Ernest Pignon Ernest Jacopo Galimberti, The University of Manchester, UK 16. Questioning the Void: Sophie Calle's Archival Subversions Rachel Boate, New York University, USA 17. Claire Fontaine, Redemptions Liam Considine, Pratt Institute, USA Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781501341526
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781501341526
  • ISBN10: 1501341529

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